Oral History Project

The TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Sutherland College Oral History Project

The Sutherland College Oral History Project is an oral history collection and a teaching and learning resource. It was established to record the histories of students studying Social Inclusion and Vocational Access courses - second chance learners, and teaching and general staff of Sutherland College, past and present. The project is ongoing so that as many histories as possible can be recorded and associated teaching and learning resources added. Oral history supports and complements mainstream history and in this project records the memories of people who probably would not otherwise tell the history of their unique experiences. The histories recorded for this project support NSW TAFE and School curriculum.


The project includes:

The oral history collection
Language and Literacy lessons based on the oral histories
Information on conducting oral histories
Student writing.
Links to curriculum relevant oral history collections worldwide.

Sudanese people in the Sutherland Shire - a moving community, oral history project





The histories are fascinating, interesting, illuminating, informative, sometimes funny and often sad. They record the remarkable recollections of the ordinary Australians training, teaching and working at Sutherland College. All the oral histories start with standard genealogical questions and last for about an hour each.


Click here to go to the project voicethread. Click on a photo alongside the world map to find out the name of an interviewee, a brief description of their interview, a quote, and where in the world their history happened.

Interviews

Click on a name to listen to an oral history interview. Each interview has a summary and/or synopsis and general history of the period. Some interview pages have mini soundbites on specific topics from the full interview.

Anna Green
Anwar Yousif
Bob Magnus
Bobby Silk
Dennis Milan
Fran McKirdy
Huyen Nguyen
Kenneth Harrison
Les Bursill
Luigi DeAngelis
Nhan Nguyen
Ray Corkery
Rose Van Der Sloot
Tina Kuiper
Willie Leslie

To make a CD of an oral history, download to a USB or similar first - then burn the CD.


Summaries / Themes

Each recording has a summary and /or themes synopsis. Transcripts have not been prepared because listening to the recordings is encouraged in preference to a text study of the history. Listening to an oral history is engaging and allows the listener to pick up nuances often lost in translation from spoken to written text.


Literacy and Language Lessons

Literacy and Language worksheets based on ten interviews are provided. Worksheets are based on a summary of each interview. Each lesson topic includes:
  • Read along with audio. Audio can be listened to online or downloaded for playback on PC, MP3, iPod, iPhone, CD, USB ...
  • Cloze passage
  • Vocabulary, Language, Sayings and Idioms activity
  • Short answer questions to check understanding and encourage writing
  • Writing activity - Recount, Personal Response, Description, Personal Narrative - text and digital storytelling
  • Internet / research / discussion activities
  • Brief History of the period.

LESSON TOPICS
Anna Green .........................................The Hungarian Uprising and escape
Anwar Yousif ........................................Iran Iraq War and continuous conflict in Iraq
Bob Magnus .........................................At sea during and immediately after World War Two
Dennis Milan ........................................Serving in the Australian Army in the Vietnam War
Fran McKirdy ........................................Living in Australia during World War Two
Huyen Nguyen ......................................Living in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and escape to Australia
Luigi De Angelis ....................................Working on the Snowy Mountains Scheme and the Sydney Opera House
Nhan Nguyen ........................................Escaping from Communism in North and South Vietnam and the Vietnam War
Rosalin Van Der Sloot ............................Life in Malta during and after World War Two
Tina Kuiper ...........................................Occupation of Holland during World War Two

Lessons are mapped to level 1/ 2 — level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework depending on context and level of support.

Student Writing

Students are encouraged to publish original writing with an historical theme on the wiki. Contributions welcomed.


Curriculum

Oral histories and/or lessons support:
  • Stage 5 History topics 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 in the Junior History Syllabus in NSW Secondary Schools.
  • History, Language and Literacy units in Social Inclusion and Vocational Access courses, TAFE NSW.
  • English and HSIE Stage 3 NSW Primary Schools Curriculum.
  • Courses similar to the above in other education systems.

§ Find​ us on TaLe - Teaching and Learning exchange - the NSW gateway to Primary, Secondary and TAFE teaching and Learning resources - http://www.tale.edu.au
§ Find us in the Sutherland Shire Virtual Museum - http://www.doryanthes.info/indexshire.html
§ Coming soon / under construction - a visual oral history of Grays Point contributed by historian Les Bursill.

Conducting an oral history


This page has lots of helpful information and documents for anyone conducting an oral history project.

Oral History Around the World


Look on the map below to see who is visiting our site.Dharawal-jpeg.jpg
In 2009 we had visits from 17 countries. In 2010 - 2011 we've had visits from over 40 countries.

Locations of visitors to this page
The Dharawal Nation's people are the original custodians of the land Sutherland College occupies and the surrounding environs. A book telling the story of the Dharawal people has been written by Aboriginal anthropologist, Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs, a Child Studies teacher at TAFE NSW Sutherland College, Aboriginal elder, Aunty Beryl Timbery-Beller and Aboriginal spokesperson Merv Ryan. The book was illustrated by aboriginal artist, Deborah Lennis. Please visit www.lesbursill.com to download a copy of the book and for more information.


Click on the links to visit a selection of relevant oral history sites in Australia and overseas.​ You can access thousands of oral histories. www.ohaansw.org.au Oral History Association of Australia - NSW, www.ohaa.net.au Oral History Association of Australia, www.nla.gov.au National directory of Australia's oral history collection, www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/history City of Sydney Oral History site, http://www.hht.net.au/museums/susannah_place_museum Susannah Place Museum Sydney - furnished with oral history recordings, www.vietnamwar.govt.nz New Zealand History online, www.northants-black-history.org.uk Northamptonshire Black History Association, www.bl.uk/soundarchive British Library Sound Archives, www.sheffieldgalleries.org.uk/burngreave Burngreaves oral history project, http://archives.norfolk.gov.uk Norfolk Record Office, www.lhne.co.uk Living History North East Sunderland, www.wrvs.org.uk WRVS Make it Count, www.refugeestories.org Refugee Stories Project -UK, www.memoriesnorthtyne.org.uk Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future, www.gmcro.co.uk UK North West Sound Archive, www.museumoflondon.org.uk/learning Museum of London, www.teachingmigration.com Moving Here Stories


FYI and pleasure - TAFE NSW historical images can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephanridgway/sets/72157600343921198/
and
http://www.flickr.com/groups/tafensw/

We're Environmentally Friendly

Our wiki encourages you to download just what you need! Recent images have been taken with a digital SLR camera to give high resolution quality on hard copies. Colour has been used moderately to ensure quality printing and save ink. Historical images have been scanned professionally. To ensure good sound quality, audio recordings were made on a M-AUDIO digital recorder with external audio-technica microphone. Some recordings were made with an ipod with recording capability and attachments.

Acknowledgements

Project designer and author: Carol McKirdy, TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, Sutherland College - carol.mckirdy@tafensw.edu.au

Slide1.GIF NSW Premiers Department and Westfield for the generous and much appreciated award of a Premier's Westfield History Scholarship (Carol McKirdy 2008).


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Oral history interviewees
Colleagues and families
Photo credits: Interviewees, Pam Dalley, Carol McKirdy, Brad Marshall.

Technical Support:

ShirleyAnn Summers-Morrow
TAFE NSW Sydney Institute St George College Deputy Librarian and Sydney Institute Technology Mentor, 2009.

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